With most things in life, you are held accountable for your performance by a variety of different authority figures: teachers, coaches, bosses and parents. Being held accountable to other people can be a powerful motivator for success, but with a diet, you are accountable to no one but yourself. This phenomenon presents a whole slew of challenges and creates a situation where you have to find motivation beyond external pressure to lose weight. This means you have to be accountable to yourself and yourself alone.
Ask anyone who has had to work for themselves before, and they will tell you that keeping yourself accountable requires a lot of discipline and will power. A diet requires the same amount, if not more, self-accountability. What this means is that you need to hold yourself responsible for staying on track with all the things you need to do on your diet: eating your home delivered meals, working out consistently on your customized exercise program, and making sure not to cheat. When you fail at any one particular goal, no one is going to yell at you or punish you, so you have to hold yourself responsible for any failures.
A good way to help keep accountable is to force yourself to be accountable to others. You can do this in several ways. If you have friends or family who are trying to lose weight, you can become partners in weight loss. You will be extra motivated to succeed if you know that you will have to tell your partner when you haven’t been following your diet. You can also joint an online diet forum like the Gen-V diet community, where you can keep an online log of your progress. People on the forum will be looking forward to hearing your updates and success, and you will not want to disappoint them by not following through with your diet.
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Please consult your physician before beginning any diet or exercise program. The information provided in this blog is not intended to prevent, diagnose or treat any medical condition and should not replace the advice of your physician.